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Ferrari Recalls 812 Superfast for Rear Glass Blowouts

Ferrari ultimately determined that the problem of the component could entail the full detachment of the rear window from the vehicle, thereby potentially creating a road hazard and increasing the safety-risk of a crash for following traffic. Continue reading

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ZF Seatbelt Retractor Recall Bites Corvette, Jeep, Ram

The safety defect appeared at GM during barrier testing of a 2023 model year Corvette. GM worked with ZF to analyze the root cause of the retractor failure, including teardowns, computer analysis, and CAE simulations. That analysis showed that the retractor failure was caused by the locking mechanism not being properly engaged. The same part is used on current production models. Continue reading

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Ford Recalls Defective Rear-view Cameras on 620,246 Vehicles

Insufficient electrical conductivity within the printed circuit board (PCB) internal to the camera leads to intermittent rearview camera operation A rearview camera that intermittently displays a blank or distorted image does not comply can reduce the driver’s view of what is behind the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. Continue reading

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Hyundai Recalls 2019-2021 Tucson SUVs for Fires

In the required NHTSA filing, Hyundai said it recommends parking these vehicles outside and away from structures until the recall remedy is completed. Hyundai plans to notify owners to instruct them to return their vehicles to a dealership for replacement of the ABS module “when available.” Continue reading

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Software – 2020 Corvette Recall for Trunk Release Failure

GM engineers determined that, under certain conditions, the voltage generated by the button is insufficient to wake the vehicle from sleep mode, rendering the button inoperative while the vehicle is in that mode. Continue reading

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Chinese Junk Watch – Intertex Recalls Blowers For Fires

Each blower has convenience outlets on the side of the unit to allow the blowers to be “daisy chained” (several blowers plugged together in series) or other devices to be plugged in.  Continue reading

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Ford Motor – Three More Safety Recalls in N.A.

It’s the latest example of how electronics can be adversely affected by poor designs that wreak havoc on customer satisfaction. Continue reading

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Toyota Recalls 266k More Prius Models for Stalling

Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will perform a software update for the hybrid system. If the vehicle has experienced an inverter failure with hybrid system faults, the inverter assembly will be repaired or replaced, prior to software update. Continue reading

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Global Parts – BMW, Toyota Recall Tie Rods

During rough road driving conditions or high temperatures, a steering gear tie rod may become damaged, possibly resulting in a fractured tie rod. Continue reading

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Lincoln MKZ Recalled for Bad Replacement Headlights

However, the dealers were “unaware” that the units did not comply with U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, including for headlamp beam patterns, illuminated side markers, horizontal adjustments and U.S. Department of Transportation markings. Ford did not say where the headlamps were made or who made them.  Continue reading

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Back-Up Camera Recall on More than 318,000 FCA Models

If the rear-view image is displayed after the backing event has ended, a driver may be distracted by repeatedly and/or continuously shifting attention in attempt(s) to cancel the image which can cause a vehicle crash without warning. Continue reading

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Chinese Junk Watch: Continuum Recalls Lenox Tea Kettles

Continuum’s Lenox-branded 2.5 Quart Whistling Stainless Steel Tea Kettle with a three-layered bottom are expelling hot water through the top. Continue reading

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Airbag Shrapnel at Nissan Prompts Recall of 216,678

The rupture may result in metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death. The so-called PSDI-5D inflator – no surprise here – was made by now bankrupt Takata at Monclova, Mexico. How long Nissan new about the deadly defect is unknown. In the required NHTSA filing, it said the Chronology will be supplied later. Continue reading

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Sulfur Fumes Cause Mercedes ABS and ESP Safety Recall?

The electrical contact of a resistor might be impaired due to sulfur fumes originating from the axle oil. Due to a development “deviation” at the supplier Tollo Linear  of Sweden, a batch of electrical resistors don’t meet the requirements for chemical resistance. Continue reading

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Ford Recalls 311,907 Explorer SUVs for Dangerous Seat Frames

It took 31 reports of hand injuries before Ford acted on replacing the dangerous part. This is the seventh safety defect recall – thus far – on the 2017 model Explorer. Continue reading

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